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James Means Collection

Topic:
Aeronautical Annuals (annual)
Creator:
Means, James, 1853-1920  Search this
Names:
Aerial Experiment Association  Search this
Aero Club of America  Search this
Aero Club of Washington  Search this
Aeronautic Society of New York  Search this
United States. Army. Signal Corps  Search this
Chanute, Octave, 1832-1910  Search this
Curtiss, Glenn Hammond, 1878-1930  Search this
Jones, Ernest La Rue, 1883-1955  Search this
Langley, S. P. (Samuel Pierpont), 1834-1906  Search this
Lilienthal, Otto  Search this
Lodge, Henry Cabot, 1850-1924  Search this
Maxim, Hiram S., 1840-1916  Search this
Means, James, 1853-1920  Search this
Zahm, Albert Francis, 1862-  Search this
Extent:
1.8 Cubic feet ((4 legal document boxes))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Scrapbooks
Publications
Photographs
Manuscripts
Correspondence
Date:
1892-1913
bulk 1895-1897
Scope and Contents:
The collection consists of correspondence and scrapbooks. The correspondence is arranged into 15 sub-series: Aerial Experiment Association, Aero Club of America, Aero Club of Washington, Aeronautic Society of New York, Aeronautical Annuals, Octave Chanute and his daughters, Glenn Curtiss, House Resolution #7653, Ernest Jones, Otto Lilienthal, Henry Cabot Lodge, Hiram Maxim, Technical Matters, U.S. Signal Corps, and Albert Zahm. Of the three scrapbooks, one is a photograph album containing early glider photos and travel postcards. The second contains photos and news clippings regarding aviation in the 1890's, especially the work of Langley and Maxim with kites, balloons, and aerial bicycles. Clippings are in English, French, Spanish, Italian, German and Dutch. The third scrapbook is labeled 'James Means 1892' and consists of photos, letters, manuscripts, clippings in English and German, copies of legislation, and book excerpts.

Note: The digital images shown for this collection were repurposed from scans made by an outside contractor for a commercial product which did not reproduce all materials found in this collection; some items have not been scanned.
Biographical / Historical:
James Means (1855-1920) was an American industrialist who sacrificed his business to devote himself to the promotion of aviation. Determined to disseminate information on flying, he collected and edited the most significant works of Otto Lilienthal, Octave Chanute, Samuel Langley and others, producing the 'Aeronautical Annuals' which appeared in 3 volumes in 1895, 1896 and 1897. Dr. Means studied bird-flight, kites and gliders, and designed model gliders in the early 1890s. He was awarded patents for his aircraft smoke signal device (1909), his aircraft launcher (1909), and his simplified control column for airplanes (1909-1911).
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
James H. Means, gift, unknown, XXXX-0394, unknown
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Aeronautics, Military  Search this
Aeronautics, Commercial  Search this
Aeronautics -- pre-1903  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Airships  Search this
Balloons  Search this
Kites  Search this
Gliding and soaring  Search this
Periodicals  Search this
Genre/Form:
Scrapbooks
Publications
Photographs
Manuscripts
Correspondence
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0394
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James Means Collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-xxxx-0394
Online Media:

Correspondence from Otto Chanute

Collection Creator:
Means, James, 1853-1920  Search this
Container:
Box 6, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
January 3, 1904
General:
Folder contents were not scanned.
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
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James Means Collection
James Means Collection / Correspondence
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0394-ref581

Lilienthal research report

Collection Creator:
Means, James, 1853-1920  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 34
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
1896
General:
Folder contents were not scanned.
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
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James Means Collection / Correspondence
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0394-ref580

Correspondence on the James Means Launch Apparatus

Collection Creator:
Means, James, 1853-1920  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 33
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
November 26 - December 17, 1912
General:
Folder contents were not scanned.
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0394-ref579

Correspondence on the James Means Control System

Collection Creator:
Means, James, 1853-1920  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 32
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
1911 - 1913
General:
Folder contents were not scanned.
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
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Correspondence from Charles Doolittle Walcott

Collection Creator:
Means, James, 1853-1920  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 30
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
December 21, 1910
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
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Correspondence with Orville and Wilbur Wright

Collection Creator:
Means, James, 1853-1920  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 31
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
May 18, 1908 - December 9, 1911
General:
Folder contents were not scanned.
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
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James Means Collection / Correspondence
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0394-ref577

Correspondence with Wallace Rupert Turnbull

Collection Creator:
Means, James, 1853-1920  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 29
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
January 16, 1908 - February 9, 1909
General:
Folder contents were not scanned.
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
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James Means Collection
James Means Collection / Correspondence
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0394-ref575

Correspondence with U.S. Army Signal Corps

Collection Creator:
Means, James, 1853-1920  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 6
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
February 9, 1912 - March 19, 1913
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
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James Means Collection
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Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0394-ref534

Miscellaneous correspondence

Collection Creator:
Means, James, 1853-1920  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 10
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
1908-1913
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0394-ref538

Pilcher glider

Collection Creator:
Means, James, 1853-1920  Search this
Container:
Box Shared Box 105, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
1898
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
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Correspondence with George Alexander Spratt

Collection Creator:
Means, James, 1853-1920  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 28
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
January 25 - February 7, 1913
General:
Folder contents were not scanned.
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
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James Means Collection / Correspondence
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0394-ref574

Correspondence with Abbott Lawrence Rotch, Blue Hill Meteorological Observatory

Collection Creator:
Means, James, 1853-1920  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 26
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
January 1, 1896 - July 28, 1908
General:
Folder contents were not scanned.
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
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James Means Collection
James Means Collection / Correspondence
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0394-ref572

Correspondence from Thomas E. Selfridge

Collection Creator:
Means, James, 1853-1920  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 27
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
February 18 - May 6, 1908
General:
Folder contents were not scanned.
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
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James Means Collection
James Means Collection / Correspondence
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0394-ref573

Correspondence from Percy Pilcher

Collection Creator:
Means, James, 1853-1920  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 25
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
March 25 - July 28, 1897
General:
Folder contents were not scanned.
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
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James Means Collection
James Means Collection / Correspondence
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0394-ref571

Correspondence with John A.D. McCurdy

Collection Creator:
Means, James, 1853-1920  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 20
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
December 18, 1908 - June 17, 1912
General:
Folder contents were not scanned.
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
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James Means Collection
James Means Collection / Correspondence
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0394-ref566

Correspondence from Charles Frederick Marvin, U.S. Weather Bureau

Collection Creator:
Means, James, 1853-1920  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 21
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
March 27, 1894
General:
Folder contents were not scanned.
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
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James Means Collection
James Means Collection / Correspondence
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0394-ref567

Correspondence from Albert Adams Merrill

Collection Creator:
Means, James, 1853-1920  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 22
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
August 17, 1895 - April 11, 1897
General:
Folder contents were not scanned.
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
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James Means Collection
James Means Collection / Correspondence
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0394-ref568

Correspondence with Earle L. Ovington

Collection Creator:
Means, James, 1853-1920  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 23
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
March 13 - April 25, 1912
General:
Folder contents were not scanned.
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
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James Means Collection
James Means Collection / Correspondence
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0394-ref569

Correspondence with William Henry Pickering

Collection Creator:
Means, James, 1853-1920  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 24
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
March 25, 1895 - May 16, 1896
General:
Folder contents were not scanned.
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
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James Means Collection
James Means Collection / Correspondence
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0394-ref570

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